Damaged black&white photo


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Did my best on this damaged old photo;



The scratches are gone and restored, but what is the best way to enhance the photo any further?

ps: the thumbnail is a wrong version by the way..


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Play with levels and get some contrast back into it. The final image you have posted almost looks like it has been cartooned somehow, I am assuming some noise removal is to blame for that. Great restore though, try and pull some contrast back into now. Also maybe have a relook at the ladies nose on the right, kinda looks a little blocky.

Great work so far though :thumbsup:
I agree. For the most part, a fine effort and result.

If these are people you know and you have a photo of the lady with the bad right side of her face, use that to help you rebuild her nose and her eye; probably the cheekbone too. It's the nose and eye that stand out immediately.

The bottom of the photo needs creative imagination to pull into shape as the original doesn't give you much. The increased contrast/levels will help you see the detail. Also the dress, especially on the right has an ill-defined border. One thing you can try is making a layer above and adding some of your own shadow lines. The contrast will help there too of course.

Keep up the good work.

BTW, to get rid of extra attachments, which happen once you've uploaded an image and re-upload just deleting on simple edit, go to edit, then down at the bottom choose advanced. Scroll down till you see manage attachments. It will show you all your recent images and the 3 for this post will be in the lower window. Choose the picture to delete, click the upper right hand corner (checkbox or "X" I can't remember) and delete. Then just X out the whole window and save your edit.
Had a quick play, hope you don't mind. Not perfect by a long way but wanted to show how the lady on the left face could look better. Only spent about 20 minutes on it so as above, could be better, lots of light bits and the image is blotchy but hopefully you can see what I mean by the face:


I used the dodge and burn tool to draw her features back in so don't be afraid to let lose with those tools in Ps either.
And if you are concerned, you can do it nondestructively. Make a layer above, fill it with 50% grey, set the blend mode to overlay or soft light (whichever looks better for the particular photo) and use the dodge and burn tools on that layer.


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This is one of my favourite things to do in Photoshop, i like to just spend lazy sundays doing stuff like this if i have nothing else to do.
Well done and keep it up mate.


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Everyone thanks for the tips and advice!
Hopefully my next b&w restauration gives a better result..

Thanks again all
I've personally never tried to restore old and damaged photo's....

But it looks like you have done a mighty fine job.

Well done.


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Did a final effort to improve the restored photo;


- Restored right side of dress (left woman)
- Created right leg for left woman
- Added shadow overall
- Added highlights overall
- Restored right eye of right woman
- Decreased nose-size of right woman
- Restored nose of left woman
- Created smile for left woman
- Tried to increase contrast
- Additional small actions
looks good.
1 thing ill say is you have went a bit far with the healing on the clothes. you should have only healed the cracks.
i did a quick example on your image to show what i mean. i have only removed the cracks/creases from the dress and not touched anything else but you can see that the rest of the dress stays the same and only the creases are removed
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